Texas tells EU to hush up on executions

Aug. 22, 2007 at 1:57 PM

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry has brushed aside the European Union's request to halt Wednesday's scheduled execution of a convicted killer.

Tuesday, the EU petitioned Perry to delay the execution of Johnny Ray Conner for the May 1998 killing of a store clerk during a robbery, saying "We further consider this punishment to be cruel and inhumane," the EU Observer reported.

If executed as scheduled, Conner would be the 400th inmate to be executed since the state resumed executions in 1982.

Wednesday, Perry's office released a statement in response, saying "230 years ago, our forefathers fought a war to throw off the yoke of a European monarch and gain the freedom of self-determination," the Houston Chronicle reported.

The statement also had a dismissive note, as well.

"While we respect our friends in Europe, welcome their investment in our state and appreciate their interest in our laws, Texans are doing just fine governing Texas," the statement said.

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